City of Scandia, MN

P1110894(1)_WebLilleskogen Park (formerly known as Old Lion's Park) the southeast corner of the intersection of State Highway 97 (Scandia Trail) and County Road 52 (Oakhill Road), marking the east entrance to the Scandia village center.  "Lilleskogen" is Swedish for "the little forest." 

P1110897_WebThe approximately 8-acre park has been, over time, degraded by exotic and invasive species and by past uses.  Efforts have been underway to restore the natural habitat using community volunteers, service projects, and grants from the DNR.  The Children's Story Path features entertaining writings from the creative imaginations of Scandia Elementary School students and has increased interest and community awareness of this public space.   A butterfly garden was created in 2014, specifically planted with species intended to attract pollinators.  It is maintained by the many active volunteers. To see the video of the butterfly garden, go  here.

Beyond restoration of the natural plant communities at the park (wetland and woodland), plans and ideas for the park include improving the perimeter path for walk-ability and safety and access, creation of an outdoor classroom, adding fun children's activity area(s), installing interpretive signage, and a small picnic shelter.  Other ideas include additional enhancement of the park to offer educational opportunities to the Scandia Elementary school.P1110899_Web

The next step will include development of a more formal planning document and associated funding for this and the other Scandia parks.  This will be a collaborative city and community effort.

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